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Features of academic writing

As a tertiary student you need to be very clear about which audience you are writing for. While you may sometimes be expected to write for external audiences such as a business client or a member of the public, most often you will be writing essays and reports for your tutors and lecturers. To write in a formal academic style, you need to develop skills in using some typical features of academic writing.

As you read the articles recommended for your particular subject look for examples of:

  • tentative statements
  • academic wording

and try to use them in your academic writing.

In your reading you should note:

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